With experience, most turkey hunters will realize how important it is to adapt to unexpected circumstances as they occur.
At times, a quick change of location is warranted. Other times, a Plan B – or C for that matter – is simply an adjustment in tactics needed to deal with something that happens during a hunt.
These four scenarios may have you resorting to your Plan B:
- Interference from other hunters- it helps to have another place to go to that day
- You accidentally bump a tom- stay put for a while, and then move and call from a different spot
- Hens intercept the tom you’re working- If the hens are vocal, duplicate the sounds you hear. A boss hen might come to you looking for a fight and bring the tom with her.
- A predator, such as a bobcat or coyote, suddenly appears between a tom and you- stay put and give him time to relax
Turkey hunting is a pastime full of surprises. Serious turkey hunters learn to adjust their tactics according to the curve balls turkeys throw. Ultimately, a hunter with a Plan B will succeed more often than one who does not.
For the full article, read the May/June 2015 issue of Turkey Country